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CM(2007)172 16 November 20071
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1015 Meeting, 16 January 2008
7 Education and culture


7.1 Terms of reference

a. Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

b. Advisory Group of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (CULT-CR)
c. Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

Item to be prepared by the GR-C at its meeting on 6 December 2007
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a. Draft terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

Fact Sheet

Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

Compliance with Resolution
Res(2005)47

Yes

Programme of Activities: project(s)

Line of action V.3.1

    Project 2007/DG4/1142 – Kyiv initiative

Line of action V.3.2

    Project 2005/DG4/434 – Cultural policies and diversity
    Project 2005/DG4/479 – Promote European identities through culture and heritage

Line of action V.4.1

    Project 2008/DG4/1371 – Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities
    Project 2008/DG4/1376 – Implementation of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and the “Faro Strategy”

Project relevance

1. Third Summit Action Plan Chapter III.5 “Protecting and promoting cultural diversity” and III.6 “Fostering intercultural dialogue”

2. Contribution to core values

Agreements and common action on culture with a view to achieving greater unity between its members is part of the Council of Europe’s aims as set in the statute of the Organisation of 5 May 1949 (Article 1, chapter 1). The political relevance of culture vis-à-vis the long-term mission of the Council of Europe is especially manifested through:

· Culture’s close links to values on which the Council of Europe was founded and its role in forging a Europe of solidarity and shared standards “culture is at the heart of the mission of the Council of Europe”;
· Democratisation and sustainable development are inextricably linked with cultural development and cultural policies “building on culture to consolidate democracy”;
· Cultural rights are an important part of human rights “guaranteeing access to culture for all”;
· Culture’s role in managing diversity democratically “using diversity as a force for democracy”;
· Culture’s role in promoting intercultural dialogue and contributing to conflict prevention “working for dialogue and peace”.

3. CM Decisions

Political justification/framework (examples)
· Declaration adopted by the Ministers responsible for culture, education, youth and sport from the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in Wrocław, on 9 and 10 December 2004;
· Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005);
· Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted by the Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, meeting in Faro on 27 and
28 October 2005.

Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards (examples)
· Follow-up work to the European Cultural Convention and the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, the Audiovisual Heritage Convention and its Protocol on the Protection of Television Productions (once the latter two entered into force); follow-up to the Opatija Declaration on Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention, the Declaration on Cultural Diversity, the recommendation on European Policy on Access to Archives and other guidelines;
· Development and monitoring of soft standards (recommendations, good practices) in the cultural field and cultural governance observatory function (especially on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue).

Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs (examples)
· National cultural policy review programme (most recent: Ukraine; forthcoming: Turkey) responding to individual countries’ requests for comprehensive policy analysis and guidance;
· Targeted cultural policy assistance to member states and contribution to the KYIV initiative;
· Compendium information and monitoring system providing comparative data and analysis as well as good practices to inspire national policy making
· Cultural events raising awareness of political priority issues such as intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity;
· Cultural Routes contributing to awareness of shared heritage and promoting intercultural dialogue.

Timeliness of projects (examples)
· Intercultural Cities: a topical programme to enhance democratic governance of cultural diversity at local level, build capacity and raise awareness on diversity and dialogue issues

· Compendium cultural policy information and monitoring system: a practical tool for collecting and disseminating information on governance of culture (financing, legal and administrative aspects), policies on participation and access, management of diversity, promotion of intercultural dialogue and monitoring the follow-up given at European level to the recent UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions;
· Cultural Policy Review programme providing analysis and advice in reply to member states specific needs.

Project added value:

1. The Council of Europe as leading agency, most important facilitator (examples)
The CDCULT has a pioneering role in cultural policy development and enhancing standards at European level. Thanks to its expertise and vocation, it has been able to conceive a number of innovative tools and projects of a longer-term nature, that reflect the added value of all European intergovernmental work:

· Comprehensive and web-based cultural policy information and monitoring system (Compendium) realised thanks to the Council of Europe’s role in enhancing and monitoring cultural governance issues and to its access to information from 47 member states (the Council of Europe is the only developer of such tools at European level);
· Cultural governance observatory function relating existing Council of Europe tools and projects (Compendium; HEREIN; Cultural Policy Review programme; Transversal and sectoral studies; also in exchange with the Audiovisual Observatory and the Eurimages Fund) can only be accomplished by the Organisation;
· Cultural events – as an innovative series of activities building on the Council of Europe’s Arts Exhibition programme – profits from the reputation of the Organisation in using arts and culture to pass European/ political messages to the population at large.

2. Project covering “new ground” (examples)
· Intercultural Cities: innovative formula taking up the priority policy concern of managing diversity democratically at local level, building on previous Council of Europe projects, open for collaboration with different sectors within the Organisation as well as for external partners (cities, associations, networks).

3. Possibility of partnerships with other international organisations (examples)
· Compendium system is open to future co-operation with the European Union and with UNESCO as regards the follow up at European level of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2005);
· Intercultural Cities may be supported by the European Union and run in the future in co-operation with this body.

Financial information

Annual budget:
· €56,000 for travel and subsistence expenses for participation of delegates in the two meetings mentioned below;
· €9,000 for interpretation, €1,500 for production of documents and postage and €7,000 for translation.

Number of meetings:
· One plenary meeting of 2 days (49 delegates)
· One Bureau meeting of 2 days (8 delegates)

Number of participants:
· Delegates from 49 European states plus 20 persons (participants from Council of Europe bodies, other participants from the European Commission, observer states, intergovernmental organisations, observers, experts).

Draft terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

1. Name of Committee: Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

2. Type of Committee: Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

      Having regard to:

      - the European Cultural Convention (adopted in Paris, on 19 December 1954);

      - Declaration adopted by the Ministers responsible for culture, education, youth and sport from the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in Wrocław, on 9 and 10 December 2004;

      - Declaration and Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular chapters III.5 “Protecting and promoting cultural diversity” and III.6 “Fostering intercultural dialogue”;

      - Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted by the Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, meeting in Faro on 27 and 28 October 2005;

      - Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 December 2005 at the 951st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies).

      Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programmes V.3.1 Implementing Council of Europe standards for culture and cultural heritage and co-operation in priority regions (South East Europe, South Caucasus and Black Sea), V.3.2 Promoting dialogue and cultural and natural diversity, V.4.1 Intercultural Dialogue and bearing in mind the criteria set out in document CM(2006)101 final, the Committee is instructed to:

i. Concentrate its work on cultural policy development and help with its implementation, standard setting and follow-up, including specifically the :

      · Conception of cultural policies:

        - examination of national/regional/local policies and trends as well as comparative transversal and sectoral studies;
        - knowledge transfer through provision of policy information systems and sharing of good practices;
        - cultural co-operation/action/pilot projects.

      · Assistance in the implementation of cultural policies through targeted assistance and capacity building activities, as well as regional co-operation initiatives.

      · Development of European standards, principles and good practices, in particular regarding:

        - good governance in culture and the democratic management of diversity, inter alia, through intercultural dialogue;
        - access to and participation in culture;
        - enhancement of creativity.

      · The follow-up of standard setting instruments and standards in the field of culture, notably:

        - the European Cultural Convention (1954);
        - the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (1992);
        - the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (2001);
        - the Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (2001);
        - any other legal instruments and tools, available or to be prepared, such as recommendations, declarations, good-practice collections

        and the provision of a cultural governance observatory function through adequate action and tools, such as the information/monitoring system Compendium of Cultural Policies and in conjunction with other information and monitoring tools of the Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage;

ii. prepare the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Council of Europe and ensure their follow-up;

iii. provide advice to the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on the setting and implementation of programme priorities in its sector, paying particular attention to the relevance of the activities to the core values of the Council of Europe and ensuring that activities are in line with the criteria adopted by the Committee of Ministers;

iv. advise other committees and bodies of the Council of Europe on culture-related aspects of their programmes as required and co-ordinate its work with that of other steering committees and relevant Council of Europe bodies;

v. contribute to the conception and implementation of transversal activities with the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CDPAT) such as the cultural routes programme and integrated technical assistance activities, participate in other multisectoral initiatives and joint programmes defined by the Secretary General and implement the Council of Europe art exhibitions and cultural events programme;

vi. contribute to the dissemination of the work results, utilising them to the best possible effect, including to the benefit of appropriate civil society bodies and structures.

5. Composition of the Committee:

5.A. Members

      Governments of member states of the Council of Europe and of other states having acceded to the European Cultural Convention shall be entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank responsible for cultural policies and action. Each state party shall have one vote.

      The Council of Europe budget shall bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative of each state Party (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

5.B. Participants

i. The Parliamentary Assembly may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

ii. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send a representative/ representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

5.C. Other participants

i. The European Commission may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii. The following states with observer status with the Council of Europe may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

      - Canada;
      - Japan;
      - Mexico;
      - United States of America.

iii. The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

      - United Nations Education Culture and Science Organisation (UNESCO);
      - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
      - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);
      - European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA);
      - Nordic Council of Ministers;
      - Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO).

5.D. Observers

i. The following non-member state:

      - Israel;

and the following non-governmental organisations:

      - European Cultural Foundation (ECF);
      - European Cultural Centre in Delphi;
      - European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH);
      - European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC);
      - European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF);

      may send representatives to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6. Working methods and structures:

      Within its terms of reference, the Committee elects a Bureau of eight members.

      In order to pursue its tasks the Committee may have recourse to ad hoc meetings of limited numbers of its members, consultants, cultural policy experts, within the budgetary resources available.

      The Chair may, with the Committee's agreement and subject to the conditions and terms decided by it, invite persons with particular expertise in cultural matters (academics, NGO representatives, etc.) to attend meetings, without the right to vote and within budgetary resources available.

      The Committee and its Bureau shall organise its work in accordance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

7. Duration:

      The present terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.

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b. Draft terms of reference of the Advisory Group of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (CULT-CR)

Fact Sheet

Name of Committee:

Advisory Group of the Cultural Routes of the Council of
Europe (CULT-CR)

Compliance with
Resolution
Res(2005)47

Yes

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2005/DG4/479 Enhancing public awareness and participation in European culture and heritage, Expected result 2.

Project relevance

Third Summit Action Plan Chapter(s)
III.5 Protecting and promoting cultural diversity and III.6 Fostering Intercultural dialogue

Contribution to core values
The Cultural Routes programme enables the Council of Europe not only to encourage civil society engagement with heritage directly on the ground, but also to establish a highly practical form of transfrontier, pan-European and cross-cultural co-operation, capable of harnessing the theoretical debates on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue to the business of cultural and heritage interpretation, and to social and development tasks.
The Cultural Routes have a number of complementary functions: promoting and protecting cultural values, encouragement of civil society activities enabling the preservation and public knowledge of lesser known heritage sites

Political justification/framework
Resolution Res(2007)12 On the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards
Training and activities in the context of Cultural Routes encourage the application of Council of Europe heritage treaties.

Relevance to Council of Europe country strategies and country-specific needs
Two cultural routes are being developed as pilot co-operation projects in the context of the Kyiv Initiative

Project added value

Council of Europe as leading agency, most important facilitator
The Council of Europe was the initiator of the Cultural Routes Programme in 1987 and remains its most important facilitator. The CULT-CR helps to optimise the activities of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxemburg, the operational partner of the Council of Europe in this programme.

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes label (awarded upon recommendation by the CULT-CR) is unique and very much appreciated by actors on the ground. It gives the Council of Europe considerable visibility through millions of visitors (printed material, signposting), tens of thousands of participants in events and thousands of media releases a year. The label encourages active cross-border co-operation both among local authorities and at the grassroots. Without Council of Europe recognition, the cultural routes would have lower national/local political support and more limited access to resources.

 

Project covering ‘new ground’
All Cultural Routes but particularly the European Route of Jewish Heritage, the Heritage of Al-Andalous (Arab heritage) or the Route of Roma Memory contribute to the recognition of the diversity of Europe’s cultural heritage and intercultural understanding.

Possibility of partnerships with other International Organisations
Co-operation exists with UNESCO, possibilities for co-operation are being explored for co-operation with the European Commission

List reasons for entrusting this Committee with these specific tasks (ToRs), (in relation to the work and activities carried out by other Council of Europe committees
Resolution Res(2007) 12 on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe lists a number of criteria for the award of the Council of Europe label. The (numerous) requests need to be evaluated and a recommendation made to CDCULT. The interdisciplinary nature of CULT-CR is very important in this context.

Financial information

Annual budget: €7,709, of which €4,500 for reimbursement of meeting participation (9 members); €1,809 for interpretation; €1,100 for translation; €300 for document production.

Draft terms of reference of the Advisory Group of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (CULT-CR)

1. Name of Committee: Advisory Group of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (CULT-CR)

2. Type of Committee: Ad hoc Advisory Group

3. Source of terms of reference: Committee of Ministers upon the suggestion of the
Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

4. Terms of reference:

    Having regard to:

    - Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods;

    - The Declaration and Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), in particular chapter III.5 Protecting and promoting cultural diversity and chapter III.6 Fostering Intercultural dialogue;

    - Resolution Res(2007)12 on the Cultural routes of the Council of Europe;

    Under the authority of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) and in close co-operation with the Steering Committee responsible for cultural heritage, and in relation with the implementation of Project 2005/DG4/479 ’’Enhancing public awareness and participation in European culture and heritage” of the Programme of Activities, and bearing in mind the criteria set out in document CM (2006) 101 final, the Group is instructed to:

i. Adopt the activity report of the European Institute of Cultural Routes;

ii. Evaluate and give advice on:

    - proposals for new themes of cultural routes;
    - the certification “Cultural route of the Council of Europe” or on proposals for new routes;
    - the accreditation of networks responsible for the cultural routes programme;

    - the activities of the networks responsible for the different cultural routes;
    - the orientation or reorientation of the programme;
    - the change of the title of a theme or on the extension of a theme;

iii. Suggest the preparation of evaluation reports on specific parts of the programme, the evaluation of certified routes and the possible withdrawal of the Council of Europe certification.

5. Composition of the Committee:

5.A. Members

    The Group shall be composed of 9 members, as follows:

    - 4 members of the CDCULT, to be appointed by it;
    - 2 members of the committee responsible for cultural heritage, to be appointed by it;
    - 2 specialists in the field of heritage or cultural tourism to be appointed by the Secretary General;
    - 1 representative of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as host country of the Institute of Cultural Routes, according to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

    The Council of Europe budget will bear their travel and subsistence expenses for their participation in the annual meeting of the Group.

5.B. Participants

i. The Parliamentary Assembly may send one representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

ii. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send one representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

6. Working methods and structures:

    The Group will meet once a year. In the framework of its terms of reference and within its budgetary appropriations, it may have recourse to consultant experts.

    The European Institute of Cultural Routes shall be represented at the meeting of the Group, without the right to vote. The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for one representative.

    The Group may hear representatives of the networks carrying out Cultural Routes projects whenever such projects are presented for the award of a Council of Europe certification or undergo subsequent evaluation.

7. Duration:

    The present terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.

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c. Draft terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

Conformity with Resolution
Res(2005)47

Yes

Programme of Activities: Project(s)

Lines of Action V.1 Education and linguistic diversity : promoting a democratic culture

- Programme V.1.1 – European identity and education for democratic citizenship; Project 2002/DG4/94 Linking policy and practice in citizenship and human rights education
Project 2004/DG4/184 European dimension of education policies and of the training of education professionals
Project 1992/DG4/101 Reform of education legislation, contents and structures in priority countries

- Programme V.1.3 – Language standards and policies
Project 2006/DG4/891 Language education, social inclusion and linguistic diversity

Lines of Action V.4 Fostering intercultural dialogue

- Programme V.4.1 - Intercultural dialogue;
Project 2006/DG4/877 Policies and practices for teaching socio-cultural diversity, intercultural education and exchanges
Project 2006/DG4/898 Intercultural Dialogue and the Image of the Other in History Teaching
Project 2002/DG4/96 Teaching Remembrance - Education for the prevention of crimes against humanity

Lines of Action IV.1 Ensuring social cohesion

- Programme IV.1.6 - Roma and Travellers
Project 2002/DG4/93 Education of Roma children in Europe

Project relevance:

1. The Action plan of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, in particular sections III.3 "Education: promoting democratic citizenship in Europe" and III.6 "Fostering intercultural dialogue" of Chapter III "Building a more humane and inclusive Europe".

2. Contribution to the fundamental values of the Council of Europe, in particular through the involvement and participation of all member states in European co-operation in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights and the training of education professionals (teachers, school heads) in accordance with the values and principles of the Council of Europe.

3. European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 18): Articles 2 and 4.

    Political framework: the CDED is responsible for preparing the Conferences of European Ministers of Education and following them up in its field of competence.

    Consolidation, promotion and implementation of standards:
    The CDED develops policies, draws up standards and evaluates their implementation, and arranges for the promotion of existing standards in order to help states apply its model of education for democracy.

Added Value

    The Council of Europe can, through the CDED, claim added value in two areas: as a principal European player in the field of co-operation in education and as a specialist provider of education services. It can mobilise the largest pan-European education forum (the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education), it has a clear political mandate that is regularly reaffirmed at the highest political level and it is open to the rest of the world and to co-operation with other bodies. It is worth remembering that, along with three other specialised committees, it fulfils the role of a Convention committee with a mandate to implement the European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 18), the only European treaty in the field of educational and cultural co-operation. As a specialist provider, it has its own educational identity, which ensues from its political mandate. It has created and applied, in the States Party to the European Cultural Convention, its own model of education for democracy through a whole series of standards which it devises and implements.

Financial Information

Number of meetings per year :
1 plenary meeting (all the States Party to the European Cultural Convention – 3 days)
2 Bureau meetings (8 members – 2 days).
Annual budget: €61,600 for travel and subsistence expenses of experts, interpretation €11,700, translation and document production €5,000.

Draft terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

1. Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

2. Type of Committee:

Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

 

Having regard to:

– Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 December 2005 at the 951st meeting of the Ministers' Deputies);

– The Declaration and the Action Plan adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the
Council of Europe at their Third Summit (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), and, in particular
articles III.3.3 “Education: promoting democratic citizenship in Europe and .III.3.6. “Fostering
intercultural dialogue” of Chapter III “Building a more humane and inclusive Europe”;

– The final Declaration and the Resolution on the 2008-2010 Programme of Activities of the
22nd session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education (Istanbul,
4-5 May 2007);

– The European Cultural Convention (ETS No. 018).

Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programmes V.1.1 European
identity and education for democratic citizenship, V.1.3 Language standards and policies,
V.4.1 Intercultural dialogue, IV.1.6 Roma and Travellers, the Committee is instructed to:

i. devise new educational policies and practices based on the values and standards of the Council of Europe with the aim of encouraging a democratic culture and practice, respect for human rights, plurilingualism and intercultural understanding and promoting quality education for all;

ii. promote intercultural dialogue and the management of diversity in European education systems;

iii. assist policy makers and education professionals in signatory states to the European Cultural Convention with implementing the principles and values promoted by the Council of Europe;

while paying special attention to the following:

      · analysing and developing competences among education professionals and pupils for democratic culture, respect for human rights and social cohesion;

      · developing concrete measures for inclusive education, taking into account groups which are socially and culturally excluded;

      · stimulating reflection on the right to education, in the perspective of lifelong learning, taking into account the provisions and implementation of existing legal instruments;

iv. ensuring that once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, this programme is implemented, evaluated and its results disseminated;

v. draw up recommendations and other instruments allowing States which are party to the European Cultural Convention to develop education policies in conformity with principles and standards of the Organisation and implement them;

vi. prepare the Standing Conferences of European Ministers of Education, in collaboration with the CDESR if the subject matter justifies it and ensure the follow-up;

vii. effectively co-ordinate its activities with other international organisations and institutions active at European level;

viii. while taking account of the progress of this work, prepare, under its responsibility, proposals for the programme of activities for the coming years.

5.   Composition of the Committee:

 

5.A Members

Governments of member states and States Party to the European Cultural Convention are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank in the public education sector and with the following qualifications: senior national officials; senior officials in the Ministry of Education and/or specialists in the field.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

5.B Participants

i. The following Committees may each send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the cost of the corresponding Council of Europe budget sub-heads:

- the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR);
- the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ);
- the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).

ii. The Parliamentary Assembly may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the expense of its administrative budget.

iii. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the expense of its administrative budget.

iv. The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the expense of the sending body.

5.C Other participants

i. The European Commission may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii. The following states with observer status at the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Canada;
- Japan;
- Mexico;

- United States of America.

iii. The following intergovernmental organisations may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);
- the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);
- the Arab League educational, cultural and scientific organisation (ALECSO).


5.D Observers

The following non-member state may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Israel.

6. Working methods and structures:

Under its terms of reference, the Committee shall elect an eight-member Bureau composed of a Chair, a Vice-Chair and six members.

In order to pursue its tasks the Committee may have recourse to ad hoc meetings of limited numbers of its members, consultants, education experts, within the budgetary resources available.

The Committee may be represented in other projects and cross-sectoral activities carried out by other Council of Europe committees and bodies.

7. Duration:

The present terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents..


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